Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr.

The former president of the Philippine Forest Corp. is now living in a safe house. And, no pun intended, he has become a household name—at least for a segment of our population who eat politics for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between. Thanks to extensive coverage by the media of the Senate inquiry on scuttled national broadband network (NBN) transaction, and its spin-offs.

So what is my take on Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr.? First, his eyebrows sag just like those of another “former,” ex-House of Representatives Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. So he shares de Venecia’s sad look, though not his ears. Definitely, Lozada is better looking. But the sad look is deceptive, especially because Lozada seems to over-emphasize it by crying ever so often in public, probably to make him look more pitiable and credible.

But his knowledge on who would have gotten kickbacks out of the NBN deal had the project pushed through is very limited. That’s why presidential son Mikey Arroyo is egging him to bring his testimony, especially against First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, to the courts and former Comelec Commissioner Benjamin Abalos, whom he accused of being the main seeker of billions of pesos in “Commission,” has vowed to file a libel suit against him.

That does not exonerate Abalos, the First Gentleman and even President Arroyo herself. There seems to be truth to accusation they possess, possibly insatiable, “greed.” But Lozada is but the side kick of the NBN transaction’s main man, former socio-economic secretary Romulo Neri. Had it been Neri, all hell would have broken loose. That’s why I don’t think the effort of Arroyo critics to whip up a frenzy over Lozada’s testimony won’t work. Oust Arroyo moves will again end up as duds.

But I say the Arroyo administration is on the verge of crumbling. One more nudge from a credible witness and I doubt if it can hold on to Malacañang much longer. It’s just a pity no credible alternative in the opposition is visible.

–Candido O. Wenceslao, Feb. 14, 2008

4 Responses to Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr.

  1. […] are the prospects of this happening? Rebel Mind muses: There seems to be truth to accusation they (the Arroyos) possess, possibly insatiable, […]

  2. Ric Datugan says:

    Great analyses. While the testimony seems to point to another corruption charges which incites an angry response from the masses, a thinking man would ask the question, why does jun lozada point out while being interviewed on TV that while the public official is wearing a barong tagalog, surrounded by lawyer he is wearing a t-shirt and a mere technocrat — how could he possibly say that he is a nobody — if he was the former president of philippine forest corp. It seems to be self-deprecating appeal to avoid appearing arrogant or pompous, and to help the audience see him as one of the lowly paid honest working citizen. The audience in this case are the filipino masses. I would assume at this point that he could not have possibly been appointed as a corporation president if he is less educated and was not qualified to hold the position. Who is really behind his expose? What is his agenda or his true motive. Anyone who can afford to pay P400,000.00 peso to join the WacWac golf club is not your typical everyday Juan de la Cruz.

  3. alvin dizon says:

    The list of tainted projects and scandals just goes on and on – the NBN-ZTE Project, South Rail and North Rail Project, Fertilizer fundscam, Jose Pidal account, Transco bidding, Hello Garci, etc. simply show the impunity in corruption of the Arroyo administration government
    This govt has a built a legacy of corruption and scandals that some dictators in other countries would pale in comparison. Unfortunately there is no acceptable alternative in the political opposition right now. Mga trapo ug elitista man pud ang mopuli. The left is also divided.

  4. GC says:

    In any government there is corruption, it is already a part of it, the only difference is moderation. There is no way that corruption will go away, even is corporations it exists and the difference is a government is a very large corporation, you can not totally eliminate it but you can set up check and balances to make sure that it does not happen as frequently. The citizen of the country specially democratic countries have power to question their leadership so the leadership can be answerable to its citizen afterall the money that the government spends comes from the citizen not only from the well off but everyone that pays taxes.

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